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Richmond - Panaderia Guatemalteca - Guatemalan rellenitos, chuchitos, tamales and more

rworange | May 13, 2008 02:05 PM

On Saturdays this bakery makes a few snack foods. Every week has been something different. Only the tamales are available every week.

This week it was RELLENITOS DE PLATANO, which are mashed plantain tamales stuffed with sweet beans. They were very good, the plantains sweet with lots of banana flavor. This link has a nice picture of them.

CHILES RELLENOS: Different and much better than the Mexican version. The peppers are stuffed with minced chicken, shredded carrots, potatoes, slivered red peppers, green beans then dipped in batter and fried. The choice was a mild or a spicy pepper. The spicy really wasn’t. This is my favorite new Guatemalan snack.

CHUCHITOS ("puppies") are more like Mexican tamales. They are smaller with the masa not as moist as regular Guatemalan tamales. The chicken was wrapped around a small chicken wing. The pork had a nice piece of pork in it. These were just ok and I probably won’t get them again. The first link has some nice pictures of Guatemalan dishes including chuchitos.

TAMALES: Guatemalan tamales are larger and moister than Mexican. The chicken will either be wrapped around a whole chicken breast or leg. The pork will have a big hunk of bone-in pork. These are not the best examples I’ve had of Guatemalan tamales. I like the tamales from the Guatemalan woman who sells weekends on International Blvd in Oakland. My favorite was made this Christmas by a friend of my S/O … not fair to compare to homemade … but these were amazing … maybe the best tamale I’ve had in my life.

QUESADILLA: This is a baked good that is always available. It is like a buttery pound cake with sesame seeds.

The trick on Saturday is getting there as early as possible. Sometimes by 8 or 9 am they are sold out of some items.

I really like this place. It has really evolved since it opened and it always smells of fresh-baked rolls … how good is that?

Panaderia Guatemalteca
653 23rd St, Richmond, CA

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